Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 (“Für Elise”)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 (“Für Elise”)

  • WoO = Works without an Opus number
  • Possibility that Beethoven’s poor handwriting led to misreading: “Fur Therese”
  • Form is Rondo – ABACA
  • Bagatelle is French for “a small thing of little consequence”

Here is a very nicely nuanced performance by the great pianist Alfred Brendel. Notice his relaxed speed and total control.

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